Several Fort Saskatchewan residents have expressed concerns about their power bills over the last year.
Some single households have reported seeing bills hit $400 while other, larger houses claim to have received bills as high as $700.
"I looked at it the other day, and I thought it was two months, but it was one," said one resident, Renee. "I was like, 'oh, maybe I paid it late because you know how they combine the bills sometimes? No, I paid it on time. It was $650.'"
"It's been ridiculous lately," added another local resident, Sam.
Community members aren't the only ones that have noticed either. Premier Jason Kenney addressed the spike in early February, stating there has been a significant increase.
"We're watching that very closely. And if these prices go significantly higher, we are prepared to provide some support, as has happened in Alberta in the past," he said.
In 2016, the provincial government capped electricity prices for Albertans. However, the cap was scrapped when the new government was elected.
According to energyrates.ca, several factors have had a significant impact on the electricity rate in Alberta. The economy, the 2019 election, and the energy transition, to name just a few.
Alberta electricity hit its highest prices ever in January 2022, above 16 cents/kWh.
Information on utility services and providers in Fort Saskatchewan can be found here.